Martin Cracauer via plug on 21 Jan 2022 07:23:53 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] patch Ubuntu now, Wine

Walt Mankowski via plug wrote on Fri, Jan 21, 2022 at 08:42:25AM -0500: 
> On Fri, Jan 21, 2022 at 12:28:31AM -0500, Lynn Bradshaw via plug wrote:
> > I took a bunch of flak for saying this online elsewhere but I still
> > insist that, barring some retro-computing, if you want to be a gamer
> > on computers, you should use Windows. I'd extend that to .NET
> > development and PowerShell as well. ("Core" versions of both elements
> > exist but they're both really scuffed.)
> I'm surprised by that. I'm not a gamer, but I thought it was pretty
> common for people who don't otherwise use Windows (i.e. Linux and Mac
> people) to have Windows computers that they only use for games.

Yeah, I have a dedicated Windows machine for games.

Even if those games would run under Linux (natively or wine) and I
trusted the game itself I couldn't allow them.  Too many concerns
about DRM, third-party libraries used by the game, possible supply
chain attacks (badly designed update mechanisms), update monsters like
Steam, Gog launcher, Epic launcher and so on.

Out of curiosity I try some of my favorite games in Wine every now and
then.  I would describe Wine as impressively capable but still on
average unsatisfactory.  The only game I regularly run on Linux is

The Windows gaming machine has PXE Linux and FreeBSD installs so that
I can use the speedy CPU for some software build things, or the GPU
for molecular dynamics calculations in Amber.

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